With spring just around the corner, there’s no time better than now to start thinking about refreshing your home. While a good clean out is standard for the season, there are other quick and easy ways to boost your domestic surrounds.
Looking for an easy and cost effective way to refresh your home?
One of the easiest and cost effective way is to slap on a fresh coat of paint. Indoors and out, painting packs major bang for your bucks, helping you change the overall look of any space with minimal effort and money. But before you take up your brush and bucket, there are a few things to keep in mind to ensure a flawless result that will energise your spaces and potentially add value.
Plan your approach
As with anything in life, it’s essential that you make a plan before you begin. While it may seem pretty straightforward, making the decision to paint does take some consideration. For example:
- What room or rooms are you going to paint?
- What colour or colours will you use?
- Are there any minor maintenance issues that need to be cleared up first?
- How long will it take vs how long do you want to spend on this project?
- How much paint do you need?
Overall, it’s important to think about what you want the finished product to look like. With a vision, achieving your goal will be much easier.
Choose the right colour(s)
Speaking of what you want the finished product to look like, one of the biggest aspects of this is the colour scheme. What colour scheme do you want to choose? Keep in mind that you don’t have to paint all four walls in a room, and you don’t have to paint them all the same colour.
When considering your options, remember that it can often pay off to go bold. A striking feature wall can really make a statement in a room. Likewise, an interesting colour can really bring out the style in a room. And don’t forget your trim. You can use it to break up the colour where you need to.
Many DIYers may be hesitant to bring the colour when undertaking a painting project — particularly first timers — but remember that painting isn’t permanent. If you find a colour that really reflects your personal style and will work in your home, don’t be afraid to give it a try.
All of this being said, if you are a little nervous, or you’re painting for resale, you can’t go wrong with a classic neutral palette. Think along the lines of timeless shades of white, brown and blue. The end result will be fresh and versatile, which is a win for everyone!
Try before you buy
No matter where you land on your colour choices, remember to try before you buy. All hardware and paint stores offer colour swatches, where you can choose a few different options, bring together colour schemes and get a better idea for the overall look you’re going for.
Even better, many stores also provide small sample-size pots of paint in many colours so you can actually try your colours on your walls without having to commit a big order of paint.
There’s also an app for that. A simple search of the app store will reveal a number of apps that allow you to upload a photo of your room and try out different colours on all the walls. This can be a great option if you’re not quite ready to commit to starting your project, but you want to see just how much a fresh coat of paint will benefit your home.
Stock up on supplies
It’s always easier to go into a project well stocked with everything you’re going to need along the way. That way you won’t have to stop at any point to make a mad dash to the hardware store to pick up extra rollers.
If you’re thinking about painting one wall or all of your interiors, you’re going to need the following at a minimum:
- paint tray
- paint mixing stick
- paint rollers
- extension pole
- drop cloths
- painter’s tape
- putty knife.
Prep your walls
In order to ensure the best possible result, you’ll want to take a little time to prepare your walls. This means you’ll need to bust out the ol’ soap and water to wash all your walls from ceiling to floor. You’d be surprised at how dusty and dirty walls can get over time, and washing this from your walls will ensure all of this crud doesn’t end up mucking up your paint.
Next up, put down your drop cloths and tape any areas where you won’t want to paint.
Depending on your walls, your prep may also involve a coat of primer. If you’re just repainting in the same or a similar colour, you can most likely skip this step. However, if you’re looking to make a big colour change, you’ll want to put down a coat of tinted primer to cover up the old colour, blemishes and any repairs. This will make your final colour pop without having to apply coat after coat.
Don’t forget to ventilate
In all of the excitement to get started — and finished — don’t forget to properly ventilate the area. Not only is this a safety issue, it can also help ensure your paint dries faster. So, open the windows, turn on a fan or two, and get that air circulating!
Take your time
Before you get going, and once things are well underway, it’s always worth reminding yourself that these things take time. While painting is one of the easier ways you can refresh any room, it still involves work.
The more rooms you decide to repaint, the more work you’ll need to do and the more time it will take. You’ll also have to consider your skill level and what needs to be done. For example, introducing a darker colour or painting the ceiling and trim will add more work.
You should always give yourself more time than you think you’ll need. And don’t forget to consider prep and clean-up.